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Student Driven Curriculum
Academic skills are acquired in an individualized program, where students progress at their own rate. Each trimester, we pick a theme or subject area, for example, science, social studies, or world faiths, and delve deeply into that area.
The purpose of the Yogaville School is to offer a peaceful, protected environment that helps children realize and maintain that inner peace. With the guidance of the yogic teachings, we encourage the children to develop their own unique strengths, positive qualities and skills.
Having a classroom of mixed ages and grades offers built-in tutorial opportunities for the younger students in the classroom, and a wonderful review opportunity for the older students. Being part of a community, as a one-room schoolhouse affords, provides ample attention for all students, which, in turn, can reduce behavioral issues.
“School should be a place where children develop their own identities and good qualities. Each child has something special, something unique, to give the world. So, we should look into that natural tendency and develop it. That is what you call education.” -Sri Swami Satchidananda
Swami Satchidananda’s deep love of children shines forth in his Vidyalayam, a private parochial school founded in 1980 on the Ashram’s grounds. The history of the school begins in 1977 at the Connecticut Ashram with a dream of creating a place where children could bask in a true holistic, spiritual education. As Swami Sarvaananda, one of the original teachers, recalls, “Sri Gurudev would drive up in his golf cart, pick up a hammer, and help build the school along with everyone else.” It was truly a labor of love. The Vidyalyam relocated to Yogaville Virginia and has been nurturing the minds of young people for more than 20 years.
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Yogaville School Board
Swami Sarvaananda came to Yogaville East after 15 years coaching, teaching, and administration in public schools. She, along with the Greenstones and Karuna Binstock met with Swami Satchidananda to learn how to set up, teach, and maintain schooling for our children, using the Indian method of the Guruculum.
Siva Moore met Swami Satchidananda on June 6th, 1974 in Dallas, Texas. He served in the Texas IYI Institutes throughout the 70s and came to Yogaville in the summer of 1981. He became the head of maintenance and was involved in the building of Yogaville. He has served in a multitude of boards and is now the Executive Director of Satchidananda Ashram. He currently lives in Yogaville with his wife Parvarthi and son Ethon.
Ramesh McCaw has been a disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda for over 45 years. As a member of the Yogaville Community since 1981, he has served in many ways including the construction of the Yogaville Vidyalayam building and L.O.T.U.S. Ramesh currently is a member of Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville Board of Trustees, the Treasurer of the Yogaville Federal Credit Union and the Yogaville Vidyalayam.
Jyoti Sackett was the first baby to be born in Yogaville VA in 1980. Growing up in Yogaville, She went to the Vidyalayam for 10 years and has had 2 children who are alumni as well. Jyoti serves the community in the Yogaville Credit Union, Archives and as a gifted photographer.
Rev. Saraswati Neumann** is a graduate of American University in Washington D.C. with a Bachelor Arts degree.After graduation she worked in an Interior Design firm and Architectural Companies in New York city and in New Jersey.